Blues legend, BB King dies at age 89

By Ninder Kaur

Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, sadly passed away at his home in Las Vegas yesterday, at the age of 89.

NEW YORK - APRIL 18:  Blues Legend B.B. King performs his 10,000th concert at B.B. KIng Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on April 18, 2006 in New York City. King is a nine time Grammy Award winning musician who started his career in 1947.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

 

The 89 year old singer had been receiving hospice care before he died peacefully in his sleep.

King arrived on the music scene in the 50s, and released his debut album Singin’ The Blues in 1957 which spawned five charting singles.

He won his first Grammy Award in 1971, bagging Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. He went on to win another 14 of the prestigious music awards and was last honoured at the ceremony in 2009 for Best Traditional Blues Album.

On top of that he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1987, as well as a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1998.

The blues star was performing well into his 80s, before he suffered with diabetes and realised his health had been in decline for the past year.

Throughout his musical journey, King had collaborated with everyone, from Eric Clapton to U2.

He truly is a legend that will never be forgotten.

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